Can reading only be done by people who can see? This episode explores how reading by ear through Talking Books (for the Blind) can challenge the conventional conceptions of reading.
We speak with Mara Mills, a professor and researcher at NYU, about her research on the history of Talking Books, different from what we think of as commercial audio books. Mara talks about how the history of Talking Books has been largely ignored, even though they revolutionized reading at a very early moment in sound recording history. We also speak with Shafeka Hashash who grew up using Talking Books and recalls her relationship with the medium.